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White House projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019

 President Donald Trump attends a press conference on the census in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) projected in its midyear review Monday that the federal deficit would surpass $1 trillion this year.

Why it matters: It's the first time the U.S. deficit has exceeded the $1 trillion level since the 4-year period following the Great Recession. When President Trump was a presidential candidate, he promised to wipe out the deficit and also the entire federal debt, which has surpassed $22 trillion.

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Brutal dictatorships defend China's mass detentions of Uighur Muslims

China has enlisted some of the world’s foremost human rights abusers to defend its mass detention of more than 1 million Muslims.

Data: Axios research; Map: Harry Stevens/Axios

Why it matters: A letter supporting China — with signatures from Saudi Arabia, Russia, North Korea and 34 other mostly authoritarian states — comes after 22 countries formally condemned abuses in the Xinjiang region. It reveals growing frustration and defensiveness over the issue from Beijing, says Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch.